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By Birgit Sawyer

This is often the 1st ancient learn of the full physique of overdue Viking runic inscription stones in Scandinavia. The 2300 inscriptions yield unforeseen info on a variety of issues, together with the conversion of Scandinavia to Christianity, the expansion of royal strength and, most vital of all, the inheritance customs of the period.

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Pls. –). In Sweden (most frequently in Östergötland, %) there is also a ‘transitional’ design, between band and serpent, in which the band is curved and sometimes has ornamented ends, often shaped as serpents’ heads. Gotland is exceptional; the rune-stones there have the same mushroom-shape as the earlier picture stones, with the inscription round the edge, and there are often one or more horizontal bands across the stone under a cross (Pl. ). There is also a special, ‘Ölandic’ style, also with the inscription round the edge but with interlaced band ornaments in the middle (Pl.

Gorm’s and Harald’s monuments at Jelling tell us about their success; the opposition they met with can only be deduced (see Excursus). . —when Denmark was weakened), but it soon fell apart under his successors. –) and Olav Haraldsson (–). It was under these kings that Christianity, already well on its way, became finally established in Norway. ) in the Mälar valley. Sigtuna was a royal centre and a base from which a new Christian form of kingship was gradually extended over the region.

Palm (), , . 16 Lagman (); Williams (); Palm (). 18 Christiansson (). VAR2 10/18/00 10:53 AM  Page 32  P . Sö , Överselö. Inscription in serpents, with beast: ‘Ingjald and Visäte and Stenulv, they raised this stone in memory of Karl, their father, and Gillög in memory of her husband, and Inga in memory of her son, and Ärnger after his brother. 19 Gräslund has concluded that the stones without serpents (‘straight’ stones) belong to the decades around the year , and that stones with serpents’ heads seen from above (‘bird’s-eye view’ stones) were contemporary with Profile .

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